Trouble with the “help”

Part of the publishing process for my new book HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS (on sale July 6, 2010) is checking page proofs, the final opportunity to correct errors before the book is printed. My tortoishell Tabitha was determined to “help”–or is that expression on her kitty face reprimanding me for writing canine rather than feline characters? More likely, she’s just demanding attention–after all, how could pieces of paper be more deserving of attention than she is? Whatever, I think she looks very cute reclining on the proofs and she got lots of cuddles for being so cooperative for the camera.

Tabitha "helps" Kandy read the page proofs

So I tried to get Miss Molly into the act when it came to admiring the ARCs (the advance review copies my publisher Berkley sends out to reviewers). Only a judicious scattering of dog treats near–but not too near–the books got the desired effect. I wanted her to look as though she was “reading” the cover, but I also didn’t want doggy drool all over the covers of my copies!

Are there doggy characters in this new book?

She was nowhere as cooperative as Tabby–the demands for treats escalated as I tried to photograph her– but wasn’t it worth it for that doggy smile of approval?

HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS  is meant to be humorous (it’s the follow up to LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD) and Miss Molly looks like she gets the joke!

Miss Molly approves HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS

I hope readers  share her opinion when the book goes on sale!

10 thoughts on “Trouble with the “help”

  1. Ah, so my proofs were read by two sets of feline eyes. Between you and Possum, and me and Tabitha, I hope we picked up any errors!
    I am honored to have such a beautiful cat as Possum in my pet gallery.

  2. Hi Kandy! I just wanted to pop in and say that I loved Love is a Four-legged Word, and I can’t wait to read your next book! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Bernice, I’m glad you liked LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD and I hope you will enjoy HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS. It’s Serena’s story (Maddy’s best friend in the first book) and Brutus also “guest stars”.

  3. Kandy,
    I have just finished your second book “Home is Where the Bark is” and loved it, the ending is doggy action packed and I appreciated it even more with my two border collies sittting on my feet a I read through the last pages.

    • Amanda, I am so glad you liked that ending because I had such fun writing it! I could see so clearly in my mind’s eye when the dogs– Stop! Don’t want to give away any spoilers!
      Thanks for giving me such nice feedback!
      (BTW, though I love dogs, border collies are my very favorite.)

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